[Epub] ❧ Any Old Iron Author Anthony Burgess – Multi-channel.co

Any Old Iron Is Prodigious Entertainment, A Grand And Boisterous Novel That Sweeps Us Up And Hurls Us Pell Mell Through The Major Events Of This CenturyOnce In The Land Of Attila Then In That Of Arthur Looted By The Nazis At Monte Cassino Seized By The Soviets To Be Exhibited In Leningrad, King Arthur S Excalibur Is The Flashing Blade That Hangs Over The Fates Of Men And Women Caught Up In The Chaos Of History


10 thoughts on “Any Old Iron

  1. says:

    Mi dispiace abbandonare la lettura di un libro, anche se brutto, ma qui la sensazione che sto solo perdendo tempo con un qualcosa di inutile.


  2. says:

    Any Old Iron by Anthony Burgess is a work that almost defies description The only way to get a sense of its world is to enter it by reading the book The novel s journey is vast, it s absurdity often hilarious and its dark humour often tinged with a biting perception of the real.As with many Anthony Burgess novels, the start is staggering The first hundred pages as is usual for Anthony Burgess race past at a hilarious pace Reginald Morrow Jones inevitably Vegetable Marrow Jones to his friends is a Welshman Enough said So was King Arthur What links them Precious little until you have read the book and then, perhaps, quite a lot less.But then, as ever with this author, after the initial headlong spurt the pace seems to fall away It could come as a relief to many readers, since being dragged along at the rate of the opening could easily exhaust There is, of course, the necessity to develop the characters and their predicaments Anthony Burgess does this by viewing their lives from different perspectives This works in part, but the overall similarity of style tends to blur this use of different points of view.Merely listing the scenarios in which the characters find themselves raises the breathing rate Anthony Burgess does not need to reinvent history so that his characters may live through it So, in Any Old Iron, we have a Titanic survivor, Russians in New York with a restaurant business and a sex starved daughter who seems to like the new cook After a visit to the First World War, there s an escapade or two on the streets of St Petersburg, Petrograd, Leningrad eventually take your pick as the Russian revolution unfolds We participate This is a long way from Wales, about twenty pages or so Somehow we find ourselves in Manchester There is a Jewish family with an even sex starved daughter She takes up percussion with her musical ear World War Two Thought you would never mention it Yes, let s have a bit of that How about a trek across the frozen wastes of the Soviet Union Did I forget the posting to Gibraltar that had such a profound effect on a soldier s career And what about fluency in Spanish Where did that come in National identity is always good for the soul, so while we are talking about the foundation of Israel, why don t we have a bash at Welsh independence The text is peppered with puns, intellectual references, linguistic tricks and occasional insight We learn, for instance, in quite relevant circumstances, that for Russians water and vodka are regarded as being just about the same thing, the letter k being the only difference We learn that a letter A embossed on a once shiny, now corroded steel sword originally signified ownership by one Attila the Hun I mean, can we really dislike Attila the Hun The same sword later became the property of one Arthur of Wales, the legendary King Arthur of the Knights and Round Tables The sword, by the way, was later nicked, by theft, not corrosion, and had to be nicked back via an inside job at the Ermitage in Leningrad Got the name right this time Oh, and there s that tour of duty in Gibraltar, where a serviceman kills an off duty German as part of the war effort and is accused of murder What about the trek across a Soviet winter Already mentioned that Any Old Iron, frankly, defies description Right from the first paragraph, I m no metallurgist, merely a retired terrorist and teacher of philosophy to the last, It was a pity that Reg had lost his sense of smell, Any Old Iron taunts the reader with innuendo, humour, double entendre, intellectual challenge and linguistic trick What it perhaps does not do is offer a rounded and familiar character that we thoroughly get to know But part of the point in this novel that addresses ideas of identity is that none of us is knowable in that way Life presents itself and we live it as it comes along Circumstance, chance, imagined magical association and loyalty are all quite real and often get in the way Any Old Iron is seriously funny.


  3. says:

    This one of Anthony Burgess last novels and certainly not his best remembered Highly praised when it was first published, it remains an exuberant, perhaps rather overdone tour de force through a series of the major disasters and conflicts of the Twentieth Century Beginning with the sinking of the Titanic and concluding with the establishment of the Israeli state, the reader experiences World Wars 1 and 2, the Russian Revolution, as well as incipient and actual Welsh Nationalism through the eyes of two interconnected families, the half Welsh, half Russian Jones family and a family of Manchester Jews.The novel is at times very funny, but at times the humour is perhaps too clever, Burgess enjoying rather too many in jokes The structural conceit is that of Arthurian romance and there are very many parallels Reg Jones as King Arthur his slightly simple brother as Parsifal, or perhaps Peredur, the prince with the wound which never heals the sword itself Excalibur Caledvwlch a metaphor of conflict and of violent nationalism a final scene which echoes the events of the Morte D Arthur a wonderful sequence when Reg places the sword in the recently rediscovered through a German bombing raid stone and cannot withdraw it until he discovers the trick.Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects for me reading it in September 2014 was the imminent referendum on Scottish independence Burgess portrayal of political nationalism certainly resonated and had not dated.A real entertainment then, this novel, and one I recommend.


  4. says:

    Up there with Burgess better novels Having read a lot of Burgess, you start to see some of the same things coming up again, especially when he s trying to pass on knowledge trivia Little things, like the Russians having no h or, if you ve read his highly entertaining autobiographies, the fact that he and his wife once waited four hours for a meal at a Soviet hotel and then it was cold One thing about his style that irks me is how he ll make a good joke but then explain it for the benefits of those who might not have picked up on it in the next sentence or paragraph instead of leaving the delight of getting the joke to the reader But Burgess does know how to tell a story, and this was a good one Dealing with an extended family with Welsh, Russian, and Jewish roots and how they become intertwined in their compatriots rallies for independence Taking in significant historical events of the first half of the 20th century, starting with David Jones being a survivor of the Titanic I found the first chapter with this a little slow, but things pick up from chapter two on , and with special focus on WWII Here Burgess reworks his own time spent in Gibraltar during the War The book is also very funny, which is something Burgess is very good at I laughed out loud a few times towards the end.


  5. says:

    Burgess is one of our most underrated novelists and this is a million miles away from his best known work, A Clockwork Orange Spanning some of the great events of the 20th Century, this book follows the fortunes of a family of Welsh Russians, the Jones, as they become bound up with the ancient sword of King Arthur, Excalibur, Welsh Nationalism and Anglo Russian relations There is also the small matter of the birth of the state of Israel and the Jewish family who s fortunes become entangled with the Joneses.If all this sounds slightly fantastic, it is a credit to Burgess talent that he makes the whole thing immensely readable and enjoyable Burgess takes the position that the world went to Hell in a handcart after the second world war and makes that point over and over again through the travails of the Jones family as they are buffeted by the events of the First and Second World Wars and their aftermath A note to Dan Brown this is how you weave a pseudo historical mystery into your narrative and invest it with meaning and symbolism Recommended.


  6. says:

    Clearly an important novel, this is probably better than Earthly Powers , which I d previously taken to be his masterpiece If you like your humour pitch black and your war stories convincing, this one s for you A harrowing march through the battlefields of both world wars, it spares us no harrowing details It s a scandal that people have read the comparatively ordinary Clockwork Orange than this On the minus side, the female characters are a comparatively formulaic and under written That aside and I admit it s a big that , it s an amazing work If I hadn t read The Secret Agent earlier in the year, it d probably be the best Twentieth Century novel I ve got through in 2018.


  7. says:

    you know, a was amazed by this kind of saga and burges, and how different he may be, and by his style, and byeverything, actually still, there was something in this book that made me not like it completely, something i m not sure about


  8. says:

    Any Old Iron is another great book by Anthony Burgess It is the story of a Welsh Russian family and their journeys in the 20th Century from the Titanic, through the First and Second world wars, the Russian revolution, then later Stalin s Russia, and up to the establishment of the Israeli state.My first thought and possibly yours too was didn t Burgess already do all this in Earthly Powers And there are some similarities, but as the charachters are mainly Welsh the challenges and events they experience are viewed from the perspective of the struggle for a free Wales, which explains the signficance of King Arthur s sword, Caledvwlch or Excalibur , which follows them on their journey.This book has all the humour and style of Burgess other works, and similar to much of his other works is lacking the critical acclaim it deserves.What I liked was the multiple characters we had several different accounts of different aspects of WW2, which was great , also the really strong female characters, and as always the use of different languages throughout the book english, welsh, russian and german.What didn t I like I did get a little confused when the story changed from one character to another, or went unexpectedly backwards in time This is a really interesting book, and would recommend it to anyone who wanted a different perspective on British European history, or Weslh history. For most people I would recommend Earthly Powers first though.


  9. says:

    Burgess obviously has a love for the sound and meaning and history of words His writing is musical, intricate and inventive.Any Old Iron is one of his lesser known works The only other I ve read is his most famous, A Clockwork Orange, but that I read long enough ago that I remember only that I liked it, and the rest is supplanted by images from the even famous movie This book is grounded in history, and the struggles of nations and people to make history, or to rewrite history, or to forget history if they can So it is bound up not only with the two world wars, but with the Russian revolution and the creation of the Israeli state It s fitting that it was published in 1989, the year that the Soviet Union met its symbolic end, encompassing as it does the Russian revolution, the uneasy alliance of WWII, and the start of the cold war For me is was something of a history lesson, making immediate and particular some of the events of the last century that I had only understood in general terms before.


  10. says:

    Burgess has written novels about themes and people I m passionately interested in Mozart, Shakespeare, darling Keats, not to mention the best ever novel about Marlowe So when I belatedly realised this was Burgess s Arthurian novel, I snapped up a copy right away The eponymous iron is perhaps what s left of Excalibur, with the novel set in the first half of the 20th century, and specifically in the Great Wars I am sure I didn t understand all the meanings and allusions, but this was a good read, and engrossed me throughout I don t think I m smart enough for Burgess, but I like the things that he likes, and he sure knew how to spin a yarn.